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“The Short One” is facing a long sentence
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“The Short One” is facing a long sentence

“The Short One,” or El Chapo, is facing a long  prison sentence after a New York jury on Tuesday convicted him of drug trafficking. Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo’s his birth name, faces life behind bars after the jury issued 10 guilty verdicts on all 10 counts of a federal indictment, capping off a three-month trial. He is scheduled for […]

One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors whitewashes her
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One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors whitewashes her

Naomi Osaka, ranked the world’s No.1 women’s tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association, criticized Nissin Foods Holdings, one of her sponsors, after they depicted her with pale skin, deliberately making her look like a white woman. “I’m tan; that’s pretty obvious,” said Osaka, whose father, Leonard Francois, is Haitian and whose mother, Tamika Osaka, is Japanese. A spokesman for […]

Actor Kristoff St. John found dead
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Actor Kristoff St. John found dead

  Kristoff St. John, star of the CBS television soap opera “The Young and The Restless,” was found dead Sunday in his Woodland Hills, California, home, police said. An unnamed close friend entered his home and found his body. The cause of death has not been announced, but foul play was not suspected. Friends of the actor reportedly told police […]

Egypt to host Africa Cup of Nations
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Egypt to host Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt, which is seeking to boost its tourism, following the Arab Spring, which chased visitors away, has received significant help. The country will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a soccer or football tournament, it was announced earlier this month. The tournament, which will be held June 15 to July 13, has been expanded to 24 teams. It was […]

Skin bleaching products are being banned in some African countries
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Skin bleaching products are being banned in some African countries

“Bleach and Glow” and other skin-lightening products are a no go in Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa because they are considered dangerous. Rwanda is the latest African country to ban skin-bleaching creams and they are sending out officials across the country to seize the products. The government has banned importation of  bleaching products and law enforcement officials […]

Museum honoring Jackie Robinson opens
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Museum honoring Jackie Robinson opens

A museum honoring Major League Baseball great Jackie Robinson, whose 100th birthday  was celebrated Thursday, is scheduled to opened in New York City, where he was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team he remained with until his retirement. The Jackie Robinson Museum, a 11,000 square foot,  $42 million facility, is located in Manhattan’s Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. It will […]

Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  Three board members of the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute resigned to protest the organization withdrawing an invitation to Angela Davis to speak and canceling the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards dinner February 16th where she was scheduled to be honored. Mike Oatridge, the organization’s chair, Walter Body and Janice Kelsey resigned Wednesday amid calls that all of them […]

Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost
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Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost

The British government donated  £200,000 or $257,277 in short-term funding to the Black Cultural Archives, which documents the history of African and Caribbean people in England. The money was funded by the Borough of Lambeth, which is in South London. Paul Reid, BCA’s executive director, said the money will provide long-term sustainability for the organization. BCA also announced that it […]

Jeff Bezos’ soon-to-be ex-wife was a research assistant for novelist Toni Morrison
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Jeff Bezos’ soon-to-be ex-wife was a research assistant for novelist Toni Morrison

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ soon to be ex-wife  MacKenzie Bezos at one time was a research assistant for Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. An English major who graduated from Princeton, Bezos pursued her degree while working for Morrison. She continued to work for Morrison after graduating. She calls Morrison her guru. The 48-year-old Bezos is a successful novelist. In 2006, […]